Sunday, February 25, 2007

MBM Annual Meeting Update

The annual MBM meeting was held as scheduled on Feb 25th.

Those attending included: Trevis Benchoff, Mike Witter, Sue Witter, Wayne Benedict, Chris Bratthauar, Joel Moats, Bruce Kessler, Martin Kell, Aaron Himelfarb, Dale Fitzsimmons, Rob Mazzei, Morgan Styer & Hillary Styer.

Trevis reported 65 members in 2006. It was decided to e-mail club membership renewal notices in lieu of using mailed letters. Club dues bank deposits will continue to be handled by Trevis and Dona. Several email notices will be sent out as reminders to renew memberships. A deadline of May 1, 2007 was agreed upon to pay 2007 dues.

The treasurer reports a balance of $1413.29. Some of this will be spent on lumber for a new bridge on the 'Middle Narrows' and the balance along with incoming dues will allow new jerseys to be purchased next year for very little cost to members.

Mike Witter agreed to figure out lumber costs for this new bridge.

147.5 hrs of trail maintenance was reported to DCNR for 2006- up from 127 in 2005. The goal for 2007 is 200 hrs. Colonel Weistling also needs to be cleaned up after clear cutting and there are several blow downs in the Old Forge area.

There are no jersey or sock purchases planned for 2007.

The club will renew it's IMBA membership for 2007.

Dale will continue to coordinate the regular Sunday morning and Thursday after work rides, but after May 1, 2007 the ride info will be on the blog only. All other rides should be submitted to the blog also.

Elections: Aaron was elected 'Trail Maintenance Boss'
Dona will continue the Treasurer's post
Sue will continue as Secretary
Dale 'Ride Czar'
Morgan was elected our new Vice President
Chris Bratthauar is our new MBM President!

Meeting adjourned

XL jersey for sale

I'm selling a size XL short sleeve Michaux jersey with full length zipper. It is the maroon version and in like-new condition. The only reason I'm selling it is because I've lost some weight and it is too big on me now. $25 takes it.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Trail Conditions 2/24

Michaux(Mont Alto) trail conditions @ 1300 hrs today are as follows.

Fireroads are icey and slushy-yes at the same time.
Trails are very bad momentumly speaking.EVEN DOWNHILL.
Too deep and crusty and you can't ride on top of the snow anymore.

Spike tires still suggested.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Details on the Bike and Browes Snow Race

Come out and race your bike downhill in the snow at Whitetail Ski Resort on March 10th.
Dual Slalom Mt. Bike Race on the Stalker Ski Slope
Registration 8:00-9:00 AM Race starts at 10:00 AM
$10 Registration Fee
Junior 10-17 years and Senior 18+ Categories
Prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd placeBest Crash / Wildest Run Prize
First 25 Entries will receive a gift bag courtesy of the Bike and Browse
Helmets are required and you must provide your own bicycleJunior racers must have a parent or guardian sign your release form.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dual Slolam race on March 10th

Hey everybody, I just got off the horn with Mike Reed from Beautiful downtown Waynesboro. He was letting me know about the snowrace happening at whitetail this year.

Last year's event was a blast, the course was kept fairly simple with just some turns around gates, then both riders merged into one course for some elbow rubbin' bar bangin' action to the finish. The hardest part about the event is staying on two wheels while constantly drifting one way or another.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Trivia Question!!

Name the year and race where this picture was taken.

Bonus: Name everyone in the picture.

The winner will receive some MBM swag!

Deadline: 2/25/07 - MBM winter meeting.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Tour Of California

For anyone intrested the Amgen Tour of California is being covered by OLN all this week.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

ice riders

ice riders

photos from today

2/18 MBM Ride


Well for those who didn't make the ride today,you missed one of the best winter rides to date.
The snow was deep and crusted turning previously heinously rocky trails into a magic carpet ride.Turtle was transformed into something reminiscent of a bobsled run.
The great amount of traction available allowed riders to scale steep pitches and climbs with ease.All riders were sporting studded rubber,spikes and screwed knobbies.

Riders: Dale Fitzsimmons,Steve Seeber,Mark Youngblood,Sue Witter,Joel Moats

MBM Annual Meeting! Reminder!

JUST A REMINDER..... MBM annual meeting is next Sunday February 25th, 2:00 PM @ Sue Witter's house. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! Please let me know if you are planning to come!

Friday, February 16, 2007

Ice Tires

Well,I just finished up my new set of killer ice tires and took them for a spin across the ice rink that is my yard.
I had to put Bytor and Snowdog to sleep(for those who don't know ,they were the first pair of ice tires).They each suffered from siderot and severe ugliness.
You to can enjoy the rush of icecycling and add 5 lbs of Heavy Metal to your treasured steed.
They're made from a pair of Maxxis Swampthings and about $14 in hardware.
48-6/32 screws
blue locktight
2 hours worth of elbow grease

Now all that's left is to coax some gullable saps to go along with me tommorow------
Mont Alto/2pm


They worked awesome.90% of the trails are crusted on top to where you ride on top of the snow/ice.
I had a really fun ride today.Cruising along with the Ipod Shuffle kicking the tunes and the Salsa gliding above the rocks!
Fireroads are good,not icy and plenty of traction.
Whoever comes tommorow should have tall knobbies at least,if not studded tires.Some spots where the sun hits it(melt/refreeze) are solid ice.
You also have to beware of the sudden collapse of crust that happens in the areas that have more tree cover.----I experienced this phenomena several times at speed today.Let's just say I got in some "learn how to fall" intervals.

TWT --3:15

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Spring is on the way right??

After all the snow melts out here this is what it's going to look like!! Another 4 inches last night. I miss my mountain bike!!


Lets go for a ride!!!! Mark

Go Buck Go!!!

Keep the posting alive Bucky!!!

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Just dreaming of Moab!! Only 16 Hours away!! Sorry for everyone back in PA 32 Hours away!!

Saturday, February 10, 2007


Just giving this blog a ride
Sunday feb 11 mont alto 9am

Friday, February 09, 2007


Trevis's NEW frame that is on the way!! A HOT new Turner Flux with a RP23!!